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The New Malaria Vaccine; A Breakthrough For Science

The New Malaria Vaccine; A Breakthrough For Science

The World Health Organization, WHO on Wednesday announced the new malaria vaccine after years of fighting the deadly disease with anti-malaria drugs and treated nets. “The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control”, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. He added that: “Using this vaccine on top …

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South Sudan: Dogs get vaccinated to prevent the spread of rabies

South Sudan: Dogs get vaccinated to prevent the spread of rabies

In South Sudan and in Juba precisely a lot of dogs live on the streets with little or no attention from their owners. The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in South Sudan is powerfully going out to vaccinate over 2000 dogs in the capital. The seven-day campaign is aimed at reducing the spread of rabies …

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NCDC Director-General Receives WHO Appointment

NCDC Director-General Receives WHO Appointment

The World Health Organization has appointed Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the current director general at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), as the agency’s assistant director-general of health emergency intelligence. Dr. Ihekweazu is set to step into the role in November and lead the Berlin-based WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence. The WHO said in a statement that the …

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Who Takes Care of the Doctors? Nigerian Doctors Blame the Government

Like many other sectors in the country, the healthcare sector complains of poor leadership and lack of support from the government including low remunerations and poor facilities. As a result, the country saw its doctors going on strike as well as looking elsewhere to practise and work happily. In a recent job interview where the …

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Malawi: Mwikala recognized for eradicating malaria

Since 2017, Mwikala, a village in Machinga, Malawi, recorded zero cases of malaria infection. In June 2021, the village, a home of 12,000 people, was awarded by the president, Lazarus Chakwera, for becoming a model in eradicating the mosquito-borne disease. The community initiated an anti-malaria campaign in 2016 with the help of a group of …

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COVID-19: Nigeria Produces Local Vaccines

COVID-19: Nigeria Produces Local Vaccines

On Monday, 22nd of March, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, mentioned that Nigeria has, courtesy of its scientists, produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines are, by virtue of his testimony, currently awaiting clinical trials and certifica­tion before becoming useful …

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COVID-19: Zimbabwe Imposes 30 Day Lockdown

COVID-19: Zimbabwe Imposes 30 Day Lockdown

Following a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within the first few days of the new year, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm until 6 am everyday for 30 days. The new curfew was announced on Saturday by Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. In his address, he stated the reasons for the new …

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COVID-19: How Africa Has Been Able To Manage The Pandemic

COVID-19: How Africa Has Been Able To Manage The Pandemic

Early in the year, a global phenomenon known as the Coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19” began to make the rounds and before anyone could say “Jack Robinson”, everyone was on lock-down and face-masks became the “new normal”. The emergence of COVID-19 birthed a lot of conspiracy theories, rumors and was a serious cause for global …

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AfDB wins award for COVID-19 bond issue

The African Development Bank (AfDB) was selected in a poll of bond market players as the best issuer in the year of a COVID-19 bond for its $3 billion dollar-denominated Fight COVID-19 social bond issued on March 27.The winners of the GlobalCapital Bond Awards were announced last month at a virtual ceremony held for the …

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Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases near 1.5m — Official

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Africa reached 1,497, 391 as of Saturday, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll due to illnesses related to COVID-19 in Africa has reached 36,504 as of …

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